Council FAQ

What can I expect when at a council meeting?

You can expect interesting discussion on society governance, faculty and university decisions and civilised discourse. There are rules about when you can talk, and how the meetings are structured. For more information on that, download the council guide. The guide contains a more in-depth description of how council works, and what you should expect.

Download the Council Guide! (docx)

How do I change policy/by-laws?

To change policy or by-laws, follow these easy steps!

  1. Keep track changes while you make edits to policy
  2. You will receive edits/recommendations from ERB to consider before submitting your policy/by-laws to council
  3. E-mail your track-changed copy of the policy/by-law you are changing to the Director of Internal affairs () for the Saturday night before council. You must also include a motion asking council to approve of the changes you want to make. It should look like the following:

    WHEREAS, (reason #1 for changing policy/by-laws)
    AND WHEREAS, (more reasons, if you have them)
    BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Council approve of the changes to Policy Section (insert section here) as seen in appendix “(whatever you want to name it here)”

    However if you are changing a by-law instead of a policy section you must come and submit everything to TWO weeks of council. The first week your BE IT RESOLVED THAT will say “Council approve of the changes to By-Law (insert number here) in its first reading as seen in appendix ‘(whatever you want to name it here)'” and the following week your motion’s BE IT RESOLVED THAT will say “Council approve of the changes to By-Law (insert number here) in its second reading as seen in appendix ‘(whatever you want to name it here)'”

  4. Come to council on that Thursday at 5:45pm to speak for why you want your motion to pass, and make it happen!

It’s that simple!

Who’s invited to council?

There are 35 voting members of council, and 11 non-voting members of council. These 46 people are mandated to be at council meetings, however any engineering student who has paid their engsoc student fees are welcome to come join in at council!

Also, the Annual General Meeting is open to all undergraduate engineering students, with each having a vote.

 

For any questions about council, or if you have suggestions for this page, please email the Director of Internal Affairs at